BIID Tour of Living with Buildings Exhibition and The British Library

Thursday 28th February 2019


Thursday 28th February 2019


2:15pm to 5:00pm


Wellcome Collection | 183 Euston Road | London | NW1 2BE


  • BIID Members / £15.00

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BIID members, plus a guest, are invited on a special curator led tour of The Wellcome Collection’s exciting new exhibition ‘Living with Buildings’ followed by a short walk to the world-renowned British Library for a 90 minute tour of the building and special ‘treasures’ of the collection.



14.15 arrive at The Wellcome Collection on Euston Road for coat check and registration
14.30 Living with Buildings guided tour begins
15.00 Living with Buildings guided tour ends
15.10 Walk to The British Library, Euston Road
15.20 Coat Check
15.30 Tour of the British Library Building and Treasures Collection begins
17.00 Tour of the British Library Building and Treasures Collection ends

Living with Buildings

Architecture Today have reviewed Living with Buildings as ‘An ambitious, expansive and hugely enjoyable exhibition’.

We’re surrounded by buildings all the time, but how do they affect our physical and mental health?

Explore the role colour can play in making us feel better, see a pioneering mobile clinic designed to provide adaptable healthcare in emergency situations and examine the history and continuing reality of how we design for health.

Featuring works by Andreas Gursky, Rachel Whiteread and Martha Rosler, as well as buildings designed by Goldfinger, Lubetkin and Aalto, this exhibition examines some of the ways in which architects, planners and designers influence our health, self-esteem and ideas about society.

The British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest national library in the world by number of items catalogued. It is estimated to contain 150–200 million items from many countries.

The Library's collections include around 14 million books, along with substantial holdings of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 2000 BC.

The British Library was created on 1 July 1973 as a result of the British Library Act 1972. Prior to 1973, the Library was part of the British Museum. The Euston Road building is classified as a Grade I listed building "of exceptional interest" for its architecture and history.

The new library was designed by the architect Colin St John Wilsonin with his wife MJ Long. It is the largest public building constructed in the United Kingdom in the 20th century.

The tour includes a visit to the Viewing Gallery and book handling room where you can see some of the Reading Rooms and find out how books are stored, accessed and delivered and introduce you to some of the most iconic items held within the British Library collections. Find out more about the King’s Library (George III’s library) and the Klencke Atlas, the second-largest atlas in the world. Your guide will also introduce you to some of their favourite items in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery, where over 200 of the Library’s greatest treasures are displayed.


An afternoon asking you first to consider the urgent connections between our homes and our health and look anew at the future of our built environment in the major exhibition Living with Buildings. And secondly, an eye-opening tour of the world’s largest library, The British Library's significant architectural heritage and the treasures found within.


BIID Registered Interior Designers, Associate members, Provisional Associate members, Student members, employees of Registered Design Practice members and employees of Industry Partner members plus a guest. Please remember to book two tickets if you are planning on bringing a guest and register them on your booking to avoid confusion.

About the venue

  • We will meet our guide by the Information Point, Level 0 a few minutes before our tour starts at the Wellcome Collection, after the tour we will head to the British Library on foot.
  • Bear in mind that putting bags and coats away can take time, so please do account for this when planning your schedule
  • Please arrive promptly as the duration of the tour is scheduled from 2.30pm, so a late start will result in a shorter tour.
  • We will then be taking a short walk (10 minutes) to the British Library along Euston Road, please wear comfortable shoes.
  • The next tour starts at 3.30pm.

Additional information

Prices are not inclusive of VAT.

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